Here’s a sweet little vaporizer edit from some of our talented staff… Hope you dig it too!

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The debate between those who prefer smoking old school joints and those who marvel at the latest vaporizer technology is never ending. Hardcore smokers will say they don’t feel the same buzz with a toke from a vaporizer. Vaporizer enthusiasts love bringing out the awesome untainted flavors by avoiding burning paper and toxic gases. As with almost everything in life, in the end is just a matter of personal taste. But if you’re still not sure of your method-of-choice, here are a couple of facts about vaporizing to help you understand why so many people prefer vaporizers over the classic chop, roll & smoke method.

First of all, a quick overview of what a vaporizer does: a vaporizer extracts the active ingredients of plant material, commonly cannabis, tobacco, or other herbs or blends used for inhalation. In the case of cannabis, the primary active ingredient would be THC, which has a boiling point of 392oF. The vaporizer basically heats up the plant to a temperature just below combustion, allowing the THC to flow into the air and hopefully into your lungs. (The combustion temperature for cannabis is 451°F, hence Ray Bradbury’s classic sci-fi novel “Fahrenheit 451”)

When using a bong or smoking a joint, the plant is burnt at a temperature way above the boiling point of THC. Burning at such a high temperature causes other gases from the paper and plant matter to be inhaled including tar, PAHs (Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons) and carbon monoxide. THC loss is also a side effect of burning at such a high temperature, and while the smoke you get from a joint contains a small amount of THC and hundreds of other gases, the vapor coming out of a vaporizer is 90% THC.

CO (Carbon Monoxide) on the other hand has a greater affinity for red blood cells than oxygen, so when inhaled it binds to them preventing red blood cells from carrying oxygen to the cells throughout your body. This creates a period of low oxygen levels throughout your body (hypoxia) which causes damage to your cells and is believed to be part of the “buzz” you feel from smoking.

Apart from the obvious health implications, vaporizing also has another benefit, which is its efficiency. When vaporizing, it doesn’t matter if you are running on your lower branches harvested prematurely or on leafs that you desperately trimmed in the middle of the night, a vaporizer will always produce tasty and potent THC filled vapor.

So there you have a few reasons why so many people have turned from smoking to vaporizing.
But then again, you can’t be sure until you try it, so come on over to The New Amsterdam Cafe and check out our Vapor Bar where you can taste the difference. Who knows, maybe you will be changing your mind before sparking up that next one!